Fun Facts about Ancient Greece:
– Between 40% and 80% of the population of Classical Athens were slaves.
– At its economic height, in the 5th and 4th centuries BC, Ancient Greece was the most advanced economy in the world.
– The Ancient Greeks exercised naked.
– Ancient Greece’s boys went to school at the age of 7 if they lived in Athens.
– The word ‘school’ comes from the ancient Greek for ‘free time.’
– In ancient Greek, the word ‘idiot’ meant anyone who wasn’t a politician.
– The discoveries of Greek mathematicians such as Pythagoras and Archimedes, are still used in mathematical teachings today.
– In ancient Greece, throwing an apple at someone was done to declare one’s love.
– Ancient Greeks and Romans often bought slaves with salt.
– There was no word for ‘religion’ in ancient Greece.
– The theory that planets orbit the Sun was first proposed by the ancient Greek Aristarchus of Samos in the 3rd century BC.
– The word ‘music’ comes from the Muses, goddesses of the arts in Greek mythology.
– Spartan men were not allowed to live with their families until they left their active military service at age 30.
– Events at the Greek’s Olympics included wrestling, boxing, long jump, javelin, discus and chariot racing.
– Statues of Greek gods and goddesses were placed inside temples, the most famous of which is the Parthenon.
– Ancient Greeks invented the theater.
– A famous legend tells how, in 1180 BC, the cunning Greeks conquered the city of Troy – by hiding inside a giant wooden horse!
– Mount Olympus, the house of Gods, is Greece’s highest mountain, standing a huge 2,917m above sea level.
– The first great civilization in Greece was the Minoan culture on the island of Crete.
– The first Olympic Games were held in the southern city of Olympia in 700 B.C. to honour Zeus.
– In ancient Greece, the unibrow was a sign of intelligence and great beauty in women.
– No wars were permitted in the month before the ancient Olympics.
– Ancient Greek was actually the official language in Greece all the way up to 1976.
– Ancient Greek democracy, which was the world’s first democratic government, lasted for only 185 years.
– In ancient Greece, men with potbellies were thought to be exceptional leaders.
– Birthday candles began in ancient Greece when people brought cakes with lit candles to the temple of Artemis, goddess of the hunt.
– The Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, was burned down by an arsonist who wished to be famous for his crime.
– Cities in Greece struggle to build subway systems because they keep digging up ancient ruins.
– Spiked dog collars were invented in ancient Greece and were originally designed to protect the dog‘s throat from wolf attacks.
– Ancient Greek civilization of Sparta had no walls.
– Wearing red lipsticks in ancient Greece meant that you were a person from the prostitute class.
– In Ancient Greece, people used to go to the gym naked — the word ‘gymnasium’ means “school for naked exercise”
– The Trojan War is thought to have taken place near the end of the Bronze Age.
– The earliest accounts of this war come from Homer, who lived around the eighth century B.C.
– The site of Hisarlik, in northwest Turkey, has been identified as being Troy since ancient times.
– Troy was a powerful kingdom in the Mediterranean sea, and thrived under the long rule of King Priam.
– According to the Iliad, the Trojan War began when the Trojan prince Paris ran away to Troy with Helen, wife of the Spartan king Menelaus.
– According to the legends, the Trojan War ended with the defeat of the Trojans.
– There is no mention of a Trojan Horse in the Iliad.
– In Ancient Greece many people lived over 100 years due to its healthy Mediterranean diet, physical activity, and sanitation.